Evans quits the NSPCC for Wellcome Trust role

The Wellcome Trust, the world’s biggest medical research charity, is to appoint Trish Evans as its first head of communications.

The Wellcome Trust, the world’s biggest medical research charity,

is to appoint Trish Evans as its first head of communications.



Evans is currently communications director at the National Society for

the Protection of Cruelty to Children, but leaves in July to join the

trust.



The communications job at the Wellcome Trust was created last autumn (PR

Week, 8 October) at a time when media interest in the practical results

of biomedical research such as GM foods, cloning and animal organ

transplants had reached hysterical levels.



Reporting directly to trust director Michael Dexter, Evans’ remit will

involve developing a wider communications strategy to ensure that the

rapid advances of biomedical research and the broader spectrum of trust

initiatives are effectively disseminated to both the scientific

community and the general public.



A key part of Evans’ brief will be to ensure that public debate on

controversial areas ’is informed and not irrational’. This will involve

setting up public focus groups and effectively communicating the

results.



Evans will have responsibility for an estimated 30 staff in the trust’s

communications unit, which handles all aspects of publishing, marketing,

public affairs, and media relations.



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